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A.    Goals and Objectives

Goals and objectives for the support services programs have not changed
since FY 1983. For more information, refer to the Annual Evaluation
Report for FY 1983.

B.    Progress and Accomplishments

o   Consolidation of services provided by Bilingual Education Service Cen-
ters (BESCs) and EOACs into 16 Multifunctional Support Service Centers o

C.    Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness

1.    State Education Agency Technical Assistance Projects

Program Scope: The legislation limits State education agencies to an
award amount of 5 percent or less of the total of Title VII Part A
grants received by their districts the preceding fiscal year.

Forty-nine projects with a total expenditure of $3,930,631 were served
by this program in FY 1984.

Benefits Provided. Examples of SEA coordination activities includeŚ(1)
coordination of assistance provided by other agencies to elementary and
secondary schools within the State to improve the quality and adequacy of
instruction and management of programs of bilingual education assisted
under Title VII; and (2) coordination of the evaluation by other agencies
of programs of bilingual education assisted under Title VII to determine
their effectiveness.

Program Effectiveness: In FY 1984, the U.S. Department of Education
contracted to conduct a study of SEA practices (El). The objectives of
the study were to: (a) describe and analyze SEA policies and activities,
(b) describe and analyze the SEA-level management structure for the
coordination of technical assistance, and (c) provide information on
technical management and assistance activities which the Department may
use in order to help SEA grantees assist local schools in building their
capacity. The contract called for the development of case studies of the
implementation of Title VII SEA grants in nine States.

The study reported several concerns expressed by SEA staff: (1) The SEA
staff would like to have greater authority over funding decisions for
local applications and a more substantive role in project monitoring
activities; (2) The recent shift from BESCS, funded by grants, to Bilingual
Education Multifunctional Service Centers (BEMSCS), funded by contracts,
has caused many problems. The interviewees expressed concern over the
fact that the BEMSCS can only provide services explicitly defined in
their contracts. This lack of flexibility has reduced the usefulness    Eligible applicants